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Interactive Posters

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Poster sessions can be dull and require people to really reach out and engage in conversations. By building an interactive element into the sessions, you can both increase engagement and surface patterns between posters. Variations can be easily imagined, such as grouping related posters and looking for ideas across them, using posters instead of simple verbal report outs of break out groups, etc.


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When to use

  • Poster sessions at conferences
  • Report out posters from meeting breakout sessions
  • Use online in virtual environments such as Second Life (see

How to use


Structure of session and activities
The workshop is designed as a round robin session, using an ‘interactive poster approach’. A range of posters are made available, along with two sets of post its - one yellow and one pink. In the first part of the session, delegates walk round the posters, engaging with each poster in turn. The authors of the posters will not be standing by their posters at this point. Delegates can therefore add post-it notes on each poster – asking for points of clarification on the work presented (on pink post its), reflections on the work or perhaps indications of related work they are doing (on yellow post its). In the first parallel session, delegates choose one poster to go back to and have a more in-depth conversation with the authors. In the second parallel session, they can choose a second poster to go and discuss in more depth. A final plenary presentation will summarise some of the key discussion points that have arisen.
Format and indicative timeframe
  • Introduction – 5 mins
  • Poster round robin activity and lunch – 15 mins
  • Authors return to the posters and address clarification issues - 5 mins
  • Parallel session 1 (in-depth discussion with the poster authors) – 20 mins
  • Parallel session 2 (in-depth discussion with the poster authors) – 20 mins
  • Plenary report back of discussions - 20 mins

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